It may be September and meaningful games are few and far between for the Indians, but Friday's game was exactly that. New manager Sandy Alomar Jr. made his debut as the Tribe skipper, and the Indians made sure to do their part as well as the team defeated Kansas City 8-5. Jim Berdysz offers his Second Thoughts after the jump.
With six games left in the season, Manny Acta's firing Thursday came as a surprise to many. The Indians now find themselves back at square one as there is no definitive long term answer for the team's managerial vacancy. Knowing that, are the Indians better off with or without Acta? IPI's Steve Orbanek ponders after the jump.
The Arizona Parallel League was in action yesterday, and IPI's Steve Orbanek provides all the stats from the action. Levon Washington's scuffles continue, and Jeff Johnson continues to dominate. All this and more after the jump.
Today, Tony provides his sixth and final piece of his six-part series recapping all six of the Indians' stateside affiliates. In Tony's review of the Indians' Double-A affiliate the Akron Aeros, he sat down with the Indians front office earlier this week and discussed their season, the resurgence of prospects like Thomas Neal, T.J. House, Matt Lawson and others, the emergence of the likes of Shawn Armstrong, Danny Salazar, Giovanni Soto and others, and the seasons of others like Rob Bryson, Adam Abraham, Roberto Perez, and many more.
The Cleveland Indians fired Manny Acta on Thursday so they could presumably get a jump start on their offseason pursuit of a new manager. With Sandy Alomar Jr.'s name being bantered about with several potential openings come this offseason, this could give the Indians an advantage. Of course, with the front office intact, will a new manager really make a difference? Jim Pete discusses 'new manager folly," after the jump.
The Cleveland Indians today announced that manager Manny Acta will not return as manager. The decision is immediate and he will not manage the team the last six games of the season. Bench coach Sandy Alomar will serve as interim manager for the remainder of the season.
Both the Fall Development Program and the Arizona Parallel League were in action yesterday in Instructional League, and Tony provides the full breakdown of both games with stats and information from all the players in both games. Players like Alex Monsalve, D'Vone McClure, Jake Lowery, Jake Sisco, Grant Sides, and others all had good games yesterday.
The Indians won their final road game of the season by beating the White Sox 6-4 on Wednesday night, largely thanks to a strong showing from the bullpen. By taking the rubber game of their series against Chicago, the Indians bumped the Sox out of 1st place in the division. Adam McGavin chimes in with his second thoughts on the game.
A few weeks ago Jeff Ellis compared the Indians to the Reds hitter by hitter and using the highest ranking that player had achieved on Baseball America's top 100 list he tried to decipher if there was a rhyme or reason to prospect failure. This time around he looks at the pitchers for the Indians and Reds and uncovers several interesting things while coming to an obvious conclusion.
The Fall Development League was off yesterday, but the Parallel League which has the older more advanced players in Instructional League was in action. Tony recaps the good showing from the likes of LeVon Washington, Todd Hankins, Jerrud Sabourin, and others in this ongoing special edition of Around the Farm.
...it was the worst of times. With the Indians season winding down, the 2013 season looms. While the Indians are likely to make a move with regards to Chris Antonneti and Manny Acta quickly, what's less sure is what's going to happen to the roster. Here's Jim Pete's quick look at what could happen, as he looks into his crystal ball...after the jump...
Facing a left-hander Tuesday, it did not seem promising for the Cleveland Indians. However, the Tribe was able to capitalize off a big three-run fourth inning and then held on for the win. Also, Russ Canzler stayed hot and hit his second home run in as many days. IPI's Steve Orbanek offers his Second Thoughts after the jump.
There was more action out in Arizona yesterday as both the Indians' Fall Development League and Parallel League teams were in action. Tony provides all the stats from each game and the updates on how some players are doing out in Instructional League. Newcomer Naoki Hashimoto struggled once again, Jose Ramirez continues to set opposing pitchers ablaze, Elvis Araujo is finishing very strong, and lots more.
The Indians fought admirably on Monday night, but Vinnie Pestano had a rare stumble and a two-out, 9th inning rally came up just short as the Indians fell to the White Sox 5-4. Zach McAllister pitched very well and the Indians hung in there against Chris Sale, but two Adam Dunn homers did them in. Adam McGavin shares his thoughts on the game.
The 2013 Cleveland Indians Baseball Insider book featuring the Indians' Top 100 Prospects and more is now available. Also, previous editions from 2008-2012 are also available at a discounted rate. Just click on the book image for more information. Thanks again for all the support!